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Smart camera system tackles anti-social behaviour in the UK

Viseum : 04 February, 2010  (Application Story)
London Borough cuts crime and anti-social behaviour in the area through the use of the Intelligent Moving Camera from Viseum which is acting as a tangible deterrent in the borough
Smart camera system tackles anti-social behaviour in the UK
Criminals all over the country are learning fast that there is a new camera on
the block when it comes to crime detection and prevention; one that actually
does something and significantly increases your chances of being caught red
handed. One of the latest authorities to realise the power of Viseum's IMC
(intelligent moving camera) is the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, who
report the Viseum IMC was an almost instant success in clearing up trouble in a
reported crime hot-spot.

Stuart Thompson, Viseum's Managing Director and inventor of the best in class
IMC technology, said: 'We're incredibly excited about the IMC and our customers
are too. We have developed a multi-tasking camera that doesn't just tick all the
boxes - it actually records and prevents crimes, unlike traditional PTZ cameras
that simply face the wrong way most of the time and have become a laughing stock
with hardened criminals.'

In Richmond, the borough's first Viseum IMC captured high quality evidence from
over 150m away, of criminals preparing themselves for a 'day's work' by putting
on the tools of their trade - the gloves they would then use to try and commit
crime anonymously. This is just one of the scenarios where the Viseum IMC really
comes into its own.

'Groups of men putting on black hoods and gloves in broad daylight is a very
unusual activity,' explains Stuart Thompson, 'and it is certainly something that
CCTV operators and the police would be interested in. Yet standard PTZ cameras
would simply miss everything unless they had the good fortune of pointing the
right way with an operator controlling and watching it. With the Viseum IMC, we
pre-programme in the intelligence so that a range of unusual activities like
this are not only recognised, it is exactly the specific activity cameras are
'trained' to zoom in on.'

The Manager of the Richmond CCTV scheme, Keith Free, said: 'In this particular
location, Viseum's IMC had only been deployed for a couple of weeks, to combat
reported anti-social behaviour. It was an added bonus that, following the
reporting of a burglary, the footage was viewed and these criminals were caught
red handed. The quality of the evidence was excellent. Despite it being shot
from over 150m away, and the suspects being disguised in hoods and black
clothing, the police were even able to identify them leaving with their bag of
ill gotten gains.

'A standard PTZ would, unfortunately, be potentially ineffective in this and
many similar scenarios where multiple areas and activities are required to be
monitored. The local area has had no reported crime or anti social behaviour
since; the Viseum IMC cameras have proved very effective in targeting anti
social behaviour and we are in the process of deploying further IMCs in other
identified problem areas across the borough.'

Elsewhere, the Viseum IMC has also killed anti-social behaviour problems stone
dead. It has immediately had the effect of making criminals realise they were
actually being watched, and making the general public realise they were actually
being protected - unlike previous technologies which often prove so ineffective
criminals all but disregard them. Most open space PTZ cameras have already
exceeded their life expectancy and in any case, through cost and lack of
resources, most of these are pointing the wrong way when crimes occur. Viseum
presents an unparalleled value for money offering for clients to stay on top of
all their camera installations. This is being achieved by replacing or upgrading
PTZ cameras to become IMCs, which in turn enables control room staff to spend
their time most effectively, maximises overall efficiencies and enables a much
more viable solution for CCTV scheme expansion.

Are you tuned in to the power of the Viseum IMC and how well managed schemes are
now being operated? At the Viseum web site, local authorities and law enforcement
agencies can view real footage, connect to real time live camera demos, and pre-
register for forthcoming technology events.
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